World News Briefs — December 2, 2019

Reuters: Don’t fiddle while the planet burns, U.N. chief warns climate summit

MADRID (Reuters) – The world must choose hope over surrender in the fight against climate change, U.N. secretary-general Antonio Guterres said on Monday, warning a summit in Madrid that governments risked sleepwalking past a point of no return.

The latest round of annual negotiations to bolster the 2015 Paris Agreement to curb global warming began against a backdrop of unusually severe weather disasters this year, from fires in the Arctic, Amazon and Australia to intense tropical hurricanes.

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MIDDLE EAST

Violent clashes between Syrian forces and militant groups in Idlib despite ceasefire. Thirty killed across Syria as violence rages.

Several children killed in Turkish artillery attack in northern Syria, monitor says.

Iran unrest killed ‘at least 208’: Amnesty International.

Pompeo says Iran the common villain in Mideast protests.

Oman top diplomat visits Iran after US trip.

Iran still selling oil despite U.S. sanctions: TV.

Iraq’s Parliament approves Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi’s resignation amid violent unrest.

Iraq parties in talks over new PM amid unrelenting protests.

Prosecution in Israel lines up over 300 witnesses in Netanyahu case.

ASIA

China, Russia begin operation of ‘historic’ natural gas pipeline.

Hong Kong police defend use of tear gas during approved march, blaming violent radicals for deviating from approved route.

China suspends review of visits by American warships & sanctions NGOs in response to US signing of Hong Kong bill .

Hundreds of thousands flee threat of floods and landslides due to typhoon Kammuri in Philippines.

Protests escalate in India over gang-rape and murder of woman.

Kim Jong-un steps out of grandfather’s sartorial shadow with trench coat look.

Samoan measles epidemic prompts government shutdown. At least 53 dead from measles in Samoa, officials say.

AFRICA

Protester killed in new anti-UN demo in DR Congo.

Air raids in Libyan capital kill five: ministry.

After Libya arms embargo breaches, U.N. Security Council warns countries to stop.

Top rebel leader says more time needed for Sudan peace deal.

Namibia election: president wins second term despite scandal and recession.

Anti-corruption drive in Gabon reshuffles political pack.

Zambia gay rights row: US ambassador ‘threatened’ over jailing of couple.

New IMF chief urges debt wisdom in maiden Africa visit.

EUROPE

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to depart in January.

Politicians trade blame over London Bridge attack as victims are honoured with vigil.

London Bridge attack leads UK PM Boris Johnson to promise law reforms for dangerous criminals.

German coalition collapse looms as CDU rejects SPD’s demands.

Russian diplomat comments on Kiev’s readiness to ‘accept a couple of Russian regions’.

‘They died to protect the people in the Sahel,’ Macron says in tribute to fallen French troops.

EU to check how Facebook, Google use data: spokeswoman.

Briton jailed for more than 100 bomb hoaxes in UK, US and Canada.

AMERICAS

U.S. Democrats set the stage for Trump impeachment with key hearing.

White House won’t participate in first Judiciary impeachment hearing.

Trump campaign denies press credentials to Bloomberg News.

Biden evokes past, raises doubts with ‘No Malarkey’ rallying cry.

Mexican police arrest 3 in attack that killed 9 of U.S. family.

Mexico violence: Hunt for gunmen behind deadly shoot-out.

Venezuelan opposition leader Guaido rocked by explosive corruption claim within his ranks.

TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR

Taliban says it has the ‘same stance’ on negotiations after Trump talks cease-fire.

Victims of London Bridge terror attack remembered in somber vigil.

Macron honours ‘sacrifice’ of 13 French soldiers killed in Mali.

ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS

Clerics, credit, jingoism: Saudi Aramco casts IPO net.

Trump announces resumption of tariffs on steel and aluminum from Brazil and Argentina.

Cyber Monday expected to rake in ‘record US sales’.

Google and YouTube reportedly pull hundreds of Trump ads for violating policies.

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